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Dylan Wang He Di, From mild and humid Leshan City to The Hall of Fame

As a newbie in the world of Wang He Di, known also as Dylan Wang, it was highly necessary to find more information about him. I watched lots of his videos, listening to his interviews, reading his old and new news, even frequently took a close look to his public appearance pictures, which really candy to my eyes. What first caught my attention were his genuine distinctive qualities, which would be materials for my writings. I will start with his journey to Hall of Fame.

In one of his interview, he said that instead of taking an internship related to his profession as Flight Attendant, he was boarded the flight to Changsha and went to audition for a variety show (Youku Super Idol). Not that his parents supported him, because they want him to work. But he has no regrets. He just thought it was his time to make a decision, and that was his decision. No one knew by that time, that eventually, his decision to join the “Super Idol” was an entrance to the Hall of Fame.

The more I learned about Dylan, the more I understand the reason of my star crushing, because I found similarities between Dylan Wang and my long lasting star crush, the British actor, Ben Barnes. Like Ben, Dylan was not entering the hall of fame only by flicking his fingers. His journey to finally reach that stage of being famous was quite long and not easy.

Back to 2017 when Dylan joined a Youku Reality show competition “Super Idol”, because of his lack of confident, he was on the brink of elimination at the first round. In order to stay, he must wear a mask and only can take it off when he won a challenge. Though he was angry, threw the mask on the floor, feeling humiliated, it was He Jiong (Television host, singer, actor, director and a former Arabic lecturer in Beijing Foreign Studies University) who consoled him and encouraged him to stay. At the end of episode 10, he emerged as the final winner.

Upon his unexpected victory, he remembered He Jiong’s encouragement, “Perhaps wearing a mask will give you a push. Please don’t give up on the hot point we added to you.”

Dylan expressed his gratitude.

This place, [Super Idol] is the place where I was born. If there wasn’t Super Idol, then there would be no me. My growth and my improvement were all due to the two Teachers He who love us and also due to my other companion.”

But was it really because he’s talented, so he won that competition? Is there any real talent along with his good looks and charming personality? I found his journey from the first episode of Super Idol amusing. He grew from someone who’s not confident because of his non-acting background, forced to wear a mask to cover his good looks, into someone who believes that acting is what he really wants.

One of his distinctive qualities that caught my attention was how he responds to a question about him being the only one participant who has no acting background. Would he feel that as disadvantage?

“Maybe if I compare myself to them, then my advantage would be that I have no training. It’s that I’m a blank piece of paper. I have more space on that piece of paper to draw more things. Now, I’m taking advantage of this opportunity to take some of the outlines and set a foundation on the blank paper. Being a blank piece of paper is my strength as well as my shortcoming.”

In my opinion, though he’s only 19 years old that time, he already seen the glass as half full, describing his optimism.

In the same year, he was picked by the producer of the original and current remake of Meteor Garden, Angie Chai to play the titular role as Dao Ming Si. But it was not one direct decision. Angie Chai has dilemma when it comes to a decision. The main requirement was all the boys should have certain height (A/N: 185cm) and he was the shortest among the other member of F4 (Connor and Caesar were both 186 cm and Darren was 184 cm). Dylan was “only” 183cm in height.

It’s quite difficult to find a picture that really showed their height difference, but I do love this one with Angie Chai and Shen Yue.

On the other hand, Angie was also contemplating whether to choose one with good acting skills or one with good looks. When she saw Dylan, she decided to choose the good-looking one. It seems like his good looks was his lucky card. He was selected from 30 thousands candidates from various universities in Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore and Los Angeles (I really don’t know whether this info is exaggerating or not, but if that what was happened, it surely surreal)

But it was not just that, Dylan realized he has to find way to prove himself.

“But I feel that I was working hard and learning on the set, step by step, I believe she can see that. When we wrapped up filming, I feel that she watched me grow and improved.”

That statement answered what Angie Chai thought about him being Dao Ming Si “He has a strong aura, and his eyes are also fierce and speak.” (Go watch the short video he acted as Dao Ming Si in one of the memorable scene from Meteor Garden 2001). She considered that Dylan was very fitting for playing the role of the F4 gang leader. Dylan was able to appear convincing even though he was still very young and had no acting experience.

And yes, though Meteor Garden remake received mixed reviews, but for sure the role of Dao Ming Si has propelled him to international stardom. I may say, for someone with no acting background, he almost perfectly nailed his role.

This will be end of the story about his journey. He already entered the Hall of Fame. Then another question bothers me, would his package be enough to make him a good and award-winning actor? Would his name becoming a guarantee for great movies? How long can he stay in this business? My next writing will be on what is in his package. His appearance, his talents and his personality, which I think could be strong points of being a great actor.

These are what I had in mind when I looked at his pictures. I write so I can share what I see through my heart, my personal point of view and my own analysis. The biggest challenge is language. I have zero understanding on Mandarin. I am surely depending on English articles and English subbed videos.

 Therefore, I give my special thanks to wanghediarchive; DylanWang Daily; Merrygoround777 Wei and WANGHEDL subs for their English subbed videos, so I can get more information about Dylan Wang.

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Fandom World – The Birth of Soul Sisters

Ada teman yang mendatangkan kecelakaan, tetapi ada juga sahabat yang lebih karib dari pada seorang saudara. (Amsal 18:24)

God’s gift: Family, Friendship, Good Meal and Sunny Day

Fandom world was a new thing for me many years ago. I started my first with Twilight followed with few other actors and singer and lasted with Ben Barnes from Narnia in 2010. I made new friends every time I was in a certain fandom world.  Some friends are still in contact but most of them were gone with the wind.

There was a day, when I woke up with grateful heart. All I can remember was how great my life in the hand of my Savior is. Then a struck of memory brought me giggles. I remembered one long funny chat about kidnapping plan that I had with my friends in one WAG.  I am not a good writer, but this one event tickles my heart to write a story about friendship, which born from the Fandom World.

It was Elise, my friend from Twilight fandom who brought me to a group of women, called themselves as “CDrama Lovers.” Not that I agreed to join, but Elise has this kind “do first, report later” principle, that made me entered the group without my consent. But I never then regret it. My first interaction with the members was surprisingly fun and heart-warming. It happened that I was the eldest among the other 11 members. But for sure, my knowledge about Chinese-Korean-Japanese-Thai drama was kindergarten level compare the rest of other members. So being with them was like entering the grand library to seek anything I need to know about drama world.

We spoke a same “love to the Eternal Love of Dream drama” language.  Since it was on-going drama, we were always have long-witty-heart wrenching-chat about each episodes, the casts, the story, and of course how the couple made our heart ballooning. Isn’t it always fun, when you were in fandom world and you can meet friends with the same interest? In only a short time, this group becoming a compliment to my cup of morning coffee, my first to visit after my wake-up every morning- prayer.

Till one day, one of my friend drop an issue about underage girl who joined an adult WAG. We were quite intense in discussing how to handle that kind of situation. Kind of weird actually, how we concerned about an issue outside our WAG. Then, out of the blue, another friend asked us to send our ID, to make sure that no one in our group was underage. It was funny request, but the funnier came after that. I sent my ID, followed by all the others. (And the funniest part, now I have 11 IDs in my HP memory, which always makes me smile every time I remember, the reason I can get them). That was the moment, where the story began.

We flipped from discussing the underage girl to discussing years of birth and marital status. We chatted about some terminologies that not too common and too blatant. Then each member started to share their thoughts and experience towards marriage. A real heart to heart chat, which I never imagined I could experienced in WAG, with friends I never met and only knew each other for few months.  

Following to that, we started to call each other using Chinese term, though not all of us have Chinese blood. My good fellow Nat even made matrix level on how we can use it.

I collected fun facts about our birthdays

Nat (as usual, she’s the wise Zhe Yan) and I (a little assistance to what she’s done) describing us in words. (I put the original in Bahasa Indonesia, because it’s worth of love)

Adding to our craziness, we have tens of thousands of conversations, hundreds of videos, gifs and stickers. And using my power as Da Jie, the ancient deity, I decided we will stick as exclusively 12 members only. I have my own personal egoistic reason and the rest of the members’ just need to agree with my decision (I am too powerful on certain issues).

I’m not saying that I always in my happy mood. To be honest, sometimes I felt frustrated. When I posted about my bias (Dylan Wang Hedi), and no one takes it. (That’s only crumbs of fungurling). Besides that, I have eleven friends, each of whom is a unique, attractive, and sometimes so bloody annoying and shameless too (I quoted this from my Zhe Yan, Nat). But I have something more to be grateful.

We, a group of women who lives in different cities and continents, but always have time to check in. A group of women who shares their love and hate to Chinese-Korean-Japanese-Thai Dramas, actors and actresses, whom proudly call themselves as “Eonnie halu & mesum gaje” (Unclear perverted hallucinating sisters). A group of women who have scattered minds and many times resulting mixed conversations which sometimes difficult to follow but unbelievably caused burst of laughter.

In less than 6 months, we grew into a group of women with a strong bond. We became a group of soul-sisters, who stay awake till late to read, give advises, suggestion and help for whoever poured their frustrations or need assistance. One of the mementos was when we cried all together for one of our sisters who lost her husband, and really tried our best to pamper her. I kept her words and strongly felt it is important to put them in my writing, because those words represent my thoughts about us.

Thank you Da Jie, trust me, you’re all has done more to support me, whether intentionally or unintentionally, you show kindness that really touches my heart, something that I really need right now. Maybe you’re all angels sent by the Lord to help me during my difficult times. God’s length hands to show me He will never leave me alone. Once again, thank you my soul sisters…

The time spent with them, worth every second.  Sometimes I am just reflecting what have I done in my previous life (if I ever had one), so that I am blessed with a pack of wonderful friends? We are not sisters by blood, but sisters by heart. We are soul-sisters, born from Fandom World.